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Creating collaboration and trust – not silos!

Part of a leader’s job is to focus on creating collaboration and trust – not silos – in  teams and organisations.  High performance is likely to occur when organisations are able to work easily across functions.

However, when the pressure is on or something goes wrong, what we often see is people pulling outwards, going into a self-preservation mindset and disappearing into their silos.

What is the reason?

It can be a two-fold problem boiling down to a lack of ‘psychological safety’ established throughout the organisational culture and outdated hierarchal structures that are rigid and inflexible. Read more

What is your meaning and purpose in life?

What is your meaning and purpose in life? Can you answer what theoretically is a simple question? Most of us will have heard people say ‘live life to the fullest’ whether it be friends, family, parents or colleagues but  what does that actually mean?

It wasn’t until March 21st 2006 when I truly understood the essence of that statement.

I began a journey as a rugby player diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening heart condition. Big existential questions circulated for a while as I tried in earnest to make sense of my new ‘forced’ identity. Questions such as ‘Why me?’, ‘Who am I if not the rugby player?’

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Psychological Safety: A Key Determinant of Success

When Google managers observed 180 of their teams they were shocked to learn that psychological safety was a key determinant of success. Google’s Project Aristotle shone the spotlight on the importance that psychological safety brings to an organisation. This proved more significant a factor than the collective background, experience or education of the team members!
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